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Wisconsin police chiefs to Evers, Barnes: Stop making statements about Jacob Blake until facts are known

Posted at 7:42 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 20:42:51-04

KENOSHA — Top Wisconsin law enforcement officials are warning Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes to stop making statements regarding the police shooting of Jacob Blake "until the
facts of the investigation are known."

The letter to Evers and Mandella is signed by the following people: Sheriff Mark Podoll, President of the WI Badger State Sheriff’s Association; Chief Deputy Jeff Spencer, President of the WI Sheriff's and Deputy Sheriff's Association; Chief Kenneth Pileggi, President of the WI Chiefs of Police Association; and Chief William Lamb, President of the WI Police Executive Group.

According to their letter: "Previous remarks and statements made by each of you are premature, judgmental, inflammatory and only add to the anger and divisiveness of an already dangerous situation."

"Continued remarks like those already made by each of you have also put the lives of Law Enforcement Officers, National Guardsman and the public at risk," the letter reads.

"Law Enforcement Leaders also respectfully ask that you call for an end to these riots and a stop to the violence," the law enforcement chiefs conclude.

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